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December 17th

City's annual Christmas lighting contest winners announced

December 17, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Councilman Dan Weigold announced the winners of the 2010 Christmas lighting contest at Tuesday night’s meeting of the city’s Common Council.
Weigold and Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendant Mike Cook were the judges for this year’s competition, driving around the city’s neighborhoods assessing the light displays of countless residents’ homes.
“We get pretty picky,” said Weigold when he announced the winners. “But we try to spread it around.”

December 16th

Program would help protect city's computerized data

December 16, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is mulling a program that could help cinch down its already tight cyber-security to nearly impenetrable.
Don Smith and David Lefever of The Mako Group spoke to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday night and informed the council about recently-issued regulations from the Federal Trade Commission that will apply directly to the city.
The reason — being a municipality with utilities and paying customers.

Snow has street crews working overtime

December 16, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The various city entities, including Columbia City’s Street Department reported a busy recent couple of weeks at the Tuesday night common council meeting.
“We’ve been called in roughly five times already this year, all on overtime,” said Columbia City Street Department Superintendant Kelly Cearbaugh during his report to the board.
The calls Cearbaugh referred to were for street crews responding to the recent winter weather that has blanketed northern Indiana with a layer of slippery snow.

December 15th

Music sets the mood for Christmas season

December 15, 2010

The Blue River Big Band will entertain audiences with the Airmen of Note’s rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” during their annual holiday concert Sunday.
Along with this new offering, the band will be playing lots of familiar Christmas tunes, and singer Dawn Ward will add to the festive concert with her vocal talents.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Church of God.
“Even for us, this is one of the signs of Christmas,” said band member Todd Klingaman. “We really look forward to it.”

December 13th

Council to give loan program second reading

December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council will hear the second reading of an ordinance creating a special fund that can make money available to local businesses for economic development-type improvements.
At tonight’s regular meeting of the council, the ordinance establishing a “Revolving Loan Program” is likely to be one step closer to enactment.
Mayor Jim Fleck said last month the city’s redevelopment commission has funds earmarked for economic development.

Local veterans part of latest Honor Flight

December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of local veterans of the second world war received long overdue recognition for having served during the conflict that called upon the “Greatest Generation” to give everything for world peace.
Robert Cornmesser, Robert Brock, both of Columbia City, and Fort Wayne resident Pauline “Polly” Bunyan, formerly of Columbia City, were whisked away to Washington, D.C. Nov. 10 as part of the fifth year of trips designed to take the nation’s oldest war veterans to where their grateful nation has erected monuments in their honor.

December 10th

WCCS works to keep class sizes at peak levels

December 10, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been crunching numbers since last year, trying to ensure the teacher-to-student ratio is manageable in each classroom.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor presented to the corporation’s Board of School Trustees on Monday a report on classroom size for all five elementary schools, the middle school and high school.
“We studied this issue last year, conducting three months of research,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor said a class size taskforce was created to study the issue.

Parent-teacher conferences see spike in attendance

December 10, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City schools have “overwhelming” parental involvement in the progress and future of their students, according to Whitley County Consolidated School’s Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
O’Connor presented the numbers of the most recent parent-teacher conferences to the corporation’s Board of School Trustees at a work session Monday.
“We were very pleased by the high school percentage of parents that attended the conference,” said O’Connor, saying that the 50 percent participation in the conferences, or 588 parents, was much higher than in recent years.

WCCS ponders joining small-school resolution

December 10, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — At Monday’s work session of the Whitley Consolidated School Corporation, Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor and corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf presented a document to the board that was drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation.
The document — a call out to the Indiana Legislature.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.

December 9th

Planning chief seeks county's guidance for wind rules

December 9, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — County planner Dave Sewell, several weeks removed from a disappointing setback involving the ordinance designed to regulate wind farms, appealed to the Whitley County Commissioners for guidance Monday.
“Before the (Whitley County) Plan Commission goes back to any consideration of the proposed wind ordinance, I wanted to come to you and ask the commissioners for any direction you might have,” said Sewell.
Sewell was instrumental in drafting a proposed ordinance that would oversee the arrival and construction of any “wind farm” in Whitley County.

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